Dr. Steven Cohen, facial plastic and craniofacial surgeon and founder of the field-defining Faces + clinic, has always been open to breaking down established barriers. After overcoming learning disabilities unfairly placed on him by teachers who had not taken the time to understand him early in life, he quickly realized that what other people perceived in any given situation was often far from factual reality. Dr. Cohen has since spent his career defying the so-called limits of his intensely competitive profession and actively pioneering corners of its science-based reality that others had not yet dared to dream past.
Dr. Cohen’s latest forward-looking dream to come to fruition is the newly launched London Regenerative Institute, a place where aesthetic medicine is wedded to a world of luxurious expectation, groundbreaking science, and the cross-pollinated expertise of some of the best surgeons in the world. In tandem with the Corinthia London hotel, his co-founder, Dr. Tunc Tiryaki and the Cadogan Clinic, the London Regenerative Institute will serve as the world’s first and currently only one-stop shop for the full spectrum of data-based preventative medicine aimed at marrying the anatomical concerns of its clients with that of the underlying physiological landscapes that can be altered through better wellness practices. Like his first-of-its-kind Leonardo MD medical cloud computing company, the highly valued MAGE Biotech genomic and anti-aging engineering brain-tank he helped co-found, just presented at the Davos World Economic Forum.
Scores of personal and professional attributes set Dr. Cohen apart from many of the contemporaries in his field; not the least of these is his ambivalence toward accolades. While he is quick to assert that he deeply appreciates any peer or public entity that wishes to acknowledge his long years of research and medical exploration, recognition is not and has never been the reason he does what he does. His modus operandi in all aspects of his creative practice and curiosity-driven research is always one unifying idea: collaborative learning and the pure enjoyment of the flow of creative work.
“I am part of a group called Superneckers,” he explains. “This is an amazing group. These are the best facial plastic surgeons in the world. We share our complications openly. We openly share oddball cases that other surgeons might feel self-conscious about showing someone else for fear of being thought less of. We believe in zero egos and that our only job is to make our patients do great. The only thing that should be in the forefront of anything in medicine, is taking care of the patient.” Though he is the first to emphasize that he wants his patients to enjoy the highest possible satisfaction with the outcome of their exterior bodies through any of his procedures, he is likewise adamant that such an outcome is only possible via the useful incorporation of many internal factors. Dr. Cohen firmly asserts that cosmetic surgeons who achieve the highest results are always treating the total patient, not just the surface concern for which the patient sought treatment.
“So some of the top facial as well as body contouring surgeons in the world such as Dr. Alfredo Hoyos, the inventor of high definition liposuction, are part of our team,” he shares. “Some of the Top sports medicine specialists, gastroenterologists, orthopedic surgeons and Ob-Gyn’s all who believe in regenerative and integrative medicine are part of our team. That's what we are doing: comprehensive integrative medicine, aesthetic care, and regenerative surgery.” Dr. Cohen extends this holistic approach to his earliest consultations with clients, bringing in their family members and significant others so that the processes at hand are reckoned with from all angles by all individuals whom these changes will impact. He encourages his patients not just to see, spend time with, and comprehend the entire picture of the procedure at hand but to actively select it for the right reasons that parlay into realistic outcomes.
“You just have to be very honest with people,” he says, “not to sell them something, but to help them make decisions by educating them about all of the options.” This unfailing transparency with patients, coupled with the highest level of elegance and thoughtful customer experience at the Corinthia Hotel, is what the London Regenerative Institute will lead with as a brand. As many prospective clients in aesthetic medicine do not know what to expect or suffer from some measure of anxiety about seeking medical help for whatever troubles them, this will be a space of comfort, beauty, and openness that is aimed at encouraging a relaxed and forthright approach to total health.
When asked what he is most excited about regarding the future of the London Regenerative Institute and his constantly evolving practice itself, Dr. Cohen states that the rewards of his field are the one thing that has always stayed the same for him: “It’s that moment when you watch a patient come alive. They blossom, become radiant, and transform after a procedure that makes them feel new from the inside out. It’s the most wonderful experience to be a part of.”